In-depth review of the HTC Imagio

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PhoneArena has once again posted an in-depth spartphone review. This time it’s the recently released Verizon HTC Imagio (XV6975) running Windows Mobile 6.5 and for the first time Verizon’s VCast mobile TV thanks toQualcomm‘s FLOtv technology.

One area where the Imagio is different from other HTC smartphones for Verizon is that it is more of a multimedia device. This is evident with the inclusion a kickstand and media services like VCast Video, Music with Rhapsody, and Mobile TV. With the VCast Mobile TV service, powered by Qualcomm’s FLO TV network, you can view live and prerecorded TV shows on the device. Even though there is currently only a small selection of channels available, it is cool to be able to watch TV on your phone. You can view the video in standard 4:3 format, or stretch it to fill the width of the screen. The only downside to this service is in regards to the video quality and compression. When watching on a 3.6” screen you can easily see block-pixelation, which would be less noticeable on a smaller screen, but the only solution would be for the video to be broadcast at a higher resolution.

Read the full review here

Source: PhoneArena via WMPoweruser

Verizon HTC Imagio reviews

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Gizmodo slapped up a quick review of Verizon’s HTC Imagio (Whitestone aka XV6975) which is shipping today. Once again HTC‘s work on hiding Windows Mobile 6.5 is praised:

I was pretty hard on Windows Mobile 6.5 in my review, but guess what? HTC likes it even less. TouchFLO 3D reaches deeper into the operating system than ever before, to the point that during casual use you can’t even tell you’re using a Windows Mobile phone.

And slams the Verizon‘s V Cast mobile TV feature for no apparent reason:

As interesting as the underlying technology is, there are a few serious problems. Watching TV is neat and all, but on a mobile device, video on demand would be infinitely more useful. And at $12 or $15 a month, I don’t think people will be satisfied with the somewhat anemic channel selection (full listings here).

Moreover, I don’t really understand how Verizon expects people to use this. You can’t use it on a plane or a subway, so what, trains? During your lunch break at work? There center part in the Venn diagram of times where you might want to watch video content but don’t have a computer or TV and times when you can realistically use V CAST is small, as far as I can tell. But if live, basic-cable-esque TV on your phone is something you can see yourself using, this implementation is actually pretty good.

You can read the rest here

Next is Engadget who just posted a quick hands-on with the device and a short video:

VCAST TV works well with plenty of volume for enjoying from a few feet away, but the Imagio’s big, high-res display is pretty adept at picking out FLO’s flaws; the tech was always designed for small screens, after all, and you start to realize just how low-bandwidth the broadcast really is when you see it here. For a few minutes of news, weather, or sports here and there, it’s not an issue, but we can’t imagine trying to watch a movie this way — for that, we’d rather just copy down a video from our PC.

Check the full artcile here

Verizon HTC Imagio video overview

WirelessZone did an 8 minutes long hands-on video of the newly announced HTC Imagio (Whitestone aka XV6975) coming to Verizon next Tuesday alongside WM6.5. Frankly there’s nothing new we havent seen before (besides the V Cast mobile TV support shown in the second video).

Source: YouTube here and here via Engadget

Verizon HTC Imagio announced, available October 6th

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As we all expected, Verizon just announced the HTC Imagio (Whitestone aka XV6975) today. The Wndows Mobile 6.5 smartphone should be availble on October 6 as rumored earlier with support for Verizon’s V Cast mobile TV thanks to Qualcomm’s MediaFLO. It will also have V Cast Music support via Rhapsody. The HTC Imagio will be available online on October 6, 2009 for $199.99 with a 2-year contract, after a $100 mail-in rebate. The Imagio will be available in Verizon Wireless retail locations starting on October 20.

Source: Verizon via MobileCrunch

HTC Imagio picture and info

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Here comes the first ever real picture of the Verizon bound, HTC Imagio aka Whitestone aka XV6975 runing Windows Mobile 6.5. The the page of the users manual (posted below) also confirms what I have guessed a few weeks ago. The button with a TV icon is meant to launch Verizon’s V Cast Mobile TV (which uses Qualcomm’s MediaFLO technology).
No word yet on the pricing and official availability date though.

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Source: PhoneArena

Verizon to launch HTC Imagio (aka Whitestone) on October 6th, HTC Predator Android phone later

HTC Whistone

HTC Whistone

Looks like the HTC Imagio is the retail name ot the Whistone and it’s heading to Verizon this October 6th, the launch day of Windows Mobile 6.5 according to BGR.They also clamin that a new Android powered HTC smartphone named HTC Predator is supposed to launch later in October.

Source: BGR

HTC facing increasing competition in Q4 2009

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With the announcements of the Motorola CLIQ and the LG GW620 among others (like the Samsung Galaxy in Europe), HTC is no longer the only Android smartphone provider in the market now and this will only get “worse” for them in the future (Motorola is expected to launch a second Android phone in the coming weeks). Because of this, analysts are now lowering the Q4 09 & Q1 10 forecast for HTC as reported by Digitimes:

HTC is currently cooperating with T-Mobile in the US and Europe, with T-Mobile USA contributing 5-10% to HTC’s total revenues a year, the Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) quoted sources at Credit Suisse as indicating.

Credit Suisse has maintained a neutral rating for HTC stock with a target price of NT$380 (US$11.62), according to EDN. HTC share prices gained NT$2 to close at NT$354 on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE) on September 15.

Facing increasing competition, HTC may count on US-based carrier Verizon Wireless as well as Google to help sustain revenue growth in the fourth quarter, the Chinese-language Commercial Times said in a September 15 report.

Verizon is expected to cooperate with HTC to launch its first Android-powered smartphone, the HTC Desire, in the fourth quarter, Commercial Times said, noting that the pair will also launch a mobile TV handset, the Whitestone, in the fourth quarter.

HTC is also likely to cooperate with Google again to roll out the next-generation Google phone, the Passion, in the fourth quarter, the paper added.

Meanwhile, HTC may also begin volume production of its high-end, BMP (Brew Mobile Platform)-based feature handsets in September or October and is expected to team up with Sprint Nextel to launch the Qualcomm-based handsets in the US soon.

The Windows Mobile 6.5 HTC Whitestone still hasn’t been announced but is expected on Verizon for the holydays season. Nothing is known about the rumored Brew phone and Digitimes may be mistaking this (in the quote above) with the HTC Hero launching on Sprint next month.

Source: Digitimes

HTC Qilin aka Dopod T8388 TD-SCDMA phone to be launched in China

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Remember the HTC Qinin ? Well it’s actually the HTC Qilin (Dopod T8388) and it looks like the source of the previous story got it all wrong. This is kind of a strange phone, a mix of HTC Leo and Whitestone if we believe the specs and the pictures. Looking at the pictures we can assume that it has a resistive screen (it has the ZoomBar unlike the HTC Leo and Firestone). It is said that it will have a TI OMAP 3430 CPU (same as on the Palm Pre) clocked @ 600Mhz which is unusual for an HTC phone (who’s been only using Qualcomm chipsets lately). It will also sport a SIRFstar GPS chip (normal givin’ that the aGPS chip is usually part of the Qualcomm SOC), it will also have a CMMB-TV receiver. It is expected to launch in China around November 15.

Model: Dopod T8388 (HTC Qilin)
Type: PPC (non-QWERTY keyboard)
Platform: Windows Mobile 6.5
CPU: TI OMAP 3430 600MHz
ROM: 512MB
RAM: 256MB
Display: 3.6 “WVGA (480×800)
Frequency: GSM; GPRS; EDGE; TD-SCDMA
Network: Wi-Fi 802.11g
GPS: SiRF (GPS / AGPS)
Main Camera: 5 million pixels; auto-focus camera, front: VGA
Features: gsensors; light sensor; proximity sensor; CMMB mobile TV

China Mobile (NYSE: CHL; 0941.HK) officially confirmed today that Dopod’s Qilin handset meets the telecom operator’s “flagship handset” requirements.

Dopod CEO Dennis Chen said the Qilin handset is the first result of China Mobile’s RMB 47 mln in subsidies to encourage TD-SCDMA handset development. Dopod has expanded investment in manpower and funding towards TD-SCDMA R&D and will release numerous high-end TD-SDCMA handsets next year.

The Qilin handset, jointly developed by Dopod and China Mobile, is currently one of the most high-end TD-SCDMA handsets available. Equipped with Windows Mobile 6.5, it is expected to reach the market in Q4 2009.

Source: Mobile.163 and MarbrigeConsulting & WMPU

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Verizon HTC Whitestone hits the FCC

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The Verizon bound HTC Whitestone is getting closer as seen by the fact that it has just hit the FCC for approval. sporting a 3.6 inch display, dedicated multimedia/tv button and a kickstand the phone looks to be aimed at the multimedia/Verizon Vcast users.

Source: FCC via Engadget

HTC Whitestone diagrams spotted

WMExperts have posted a couple of diagrams representing the HTC Whitestone we talked about here. Nothing earth-shattering obviously. This device is probably one of the last high-end HTC smartphone using Qualcomm’s MSM7XXX chipset and a resistive touchscreen. So don’t expect it to be upgradable past Windows Mobile 6.5.

Source: WMExperts

HTC Whitestone and Mega pictured for the first time

WMexperts got heir hands on what looks like final renderings of the upcoming HTC Whitestone which should come to Verizon this fall and the low-end HTC Mega.

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HTC Whistone

WM6.1
Qualcomm 7600 @ 528MHz
512MB ROM/256MB RAM
3.6-inch WVGA touchscreen
5-megapixel autofocus camera/Anti-handshaking
gpsOne (aGPS and full GPS)
GSM/CDMA World phone

Contrary to what is said at WMExperts, the Whitestone is not the Touch Diamond 2. This phone has a 3.6″ screen and as you can see on the render, has a buton at the center with a little TV on it. This buton is either dedicated to launch a Verizon V-Cast application to watch TV or an other TV related services (it may have a DBV-T tuner). The phone also has a kickstand on the back side as seen on this early render:
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The second phone is the HTC Mega which should take the place of the current HTC Viva in HTC’s product line. It will run the new updated HTC TouchFlo2D.

Mega

WM6.5
Qualcomm 7225@ 528 MHz
256MB ROM/256MB RAM
2.8-inch QVGA (240×320)
GSM/GPRS Edge/HSDPA
3-megapixel fixed-focus camera
gpsOne

Source: WMExperts